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Thread: Where did your Black Powder addiction come from? Where you at now?

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Oct 2015
    Stephens City, VA
    Watching Davy Crockett on TV in the 50's was my first inspiration and I wanted a flintlock rifle but I was much too young. In my late teen years some neighbors had a keg of black blasting powder that was probably 50 years old at the time. We experimented trying to make firecrackers with limited success. I made a cannon out of a bicycle tire pump that shot D size flashlight batteries at the corn crib. It's a wonder we didn't blow ourselves up but I was always very careful. Later on a friend bought some old single barrel shotgun barrels at an auction for a few bucks. I took one and made a muzzle loading shotgun out of one with some parts from Dixie Gun Works. the movie Jeremiah Johnson inspired me to make my first Hawken rifle. Then Virginia started a primitive rifle season for flintlock only so I ordered a kit from Dixie and built one. I finally had my flintlock rifle I had wanted as a kid. I spent some years with a Rev War re-enactment unit during and after the bicentennial.Then I got into shooting in the N-SSA with Civil War rifled muskets. In 1992 I started shooting BPCR silhouette with a Sharps rifle. In 2024 I'm still shooting in the N-SSA and shooting BPCR silhouette. That's about it.

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    Boolit Mold JFoster48386's Avatar
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    Aug 2020
    White Lake, MI
    I gotta be honest. A Quigley Sharps is on my wish list too...


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    Boolit Master armoredman's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Casa Grande, AZ
    How did I get addicted to the Holy Black? I blame @LAGS...

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    Dec 2006
    East Central IL
    Around 1974 (or, maybe, 75) I worked with a guy whose father was Commanding Officer (he owned the cannon...a 6-pounder, relined to shoot beer cans filled with Sakrete) of 'Battery C, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. Being something of a history buff, I got interested and, eventually, ended up with a set of red-striped blues and a '63 Remington 'Zouave'. The rest, as they say is history...currently, three 1885 Winchesters, two Rolling Blocks, and a Trapdoor carbine.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check